Development of a prototype production process to produce omega 3 fatty acids from microalgae
FeyeCon is please to announce the successful completion of the project: ‘’Development of prototype production process to produce omega-3 fatty acids from microalgae’’.
This project was initiated as a possible road to increase economic value of greenhouse horticulture sector by producing microalgae rich in omega-3 fatty acids and proteins as greenhouse horticulture sector deteriorates from the pressure of low prices for their produced fruits and flowers. Microalgae are photosynthetic micro-organisms that use carbon dioxide and produce proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and oxygen. Some species specifically produce high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which can be utilized in food, feed, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Omega-3 fatty acids are well known for their benefits in cardiovascular disease prevention and having positive influence on brain development and maintaining its proper function. While beneficial for human beings the side effect for nature is the depletion of ocean life as omega-3 is largely sourced from fish.
During the project economic and sustainable fresh water, phototropic microalgae cultivation system was developed and installed in 1 hectare greenhouse by Synalgae B.V. and, production process of rich omega-3 fatty acids extraction and purification processes were developed by FeyeCon.